At the beginning of every school year school counselors provide training in suicide recognition and reporting for staff members at each school. In addition to training staff, the Professional School Counselor presents guidance lessons for students.
Whether it is in teaching the school faculty, doing guidance lessons with students or providing parent meetings on suicide recognition, intervention and reporting, it is always best to approach the subject from a proactive stance. If teachers, students and parents are empowered by understanding suicide and equipped with the tools to address it, the problem can often be addressed before there is an unnecessary death. Together, all of us can provide a support system to help our students find a safe haven when they are troubled.
GPISD counseling services uses the evidence-based Jason Foundation curriculum to support students in the areas of suicide prevention and building positive social skills. www.jasonfoundationmaterials.com
Crisis Text Line:
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:
- Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
- A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.
- The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Mental Health 24 Hour Hotlines:
- Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas – 24/hr Crisis Line: 214-828-1000
- ADAPT Community Solutions: 866-260-8000
- National Hopeline 1-800-784-2433
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- Or call 911
13 Reasons Why (Netflix Series)
- 13 Reasons Why Teens Overcome Suicidal Thoughts - English
- 13 Razones por las que los Jóvenes Superan los Pensamientos Suicidas - Español
- 13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series? - English
- 13 Reasons Why : ¿Deben Preocuparse los Padres Sobre Esta Serie de Netflix? - Español
Netflix PIN Protection Information - a tool that gives parents and guardians more specific control over what children can watch on the service
Parents Can Make a Difference
Parents can help prevent suicide by recognizing warning signs, identifying risk factors (characteristics that may lead a young person to engage in suicidal behaviors), promoting protective factors (characteristics that help people deal with stress and reduce their chances of engaging in suicidal behaviors), and knowing how to talk to their children and seek mental health services. You can empower yourself and your teen by following these 7 steps.
- Know your facts
- Recognize the warning signs
- Know the risk factors
- Know the protective factors
- Take preventive measures
- Talk to your teen about suicide
- Last but not least, seek mental health services
Read the complete blog post from the American Psychological Association: 7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s campus counselor. Parents can use the Counseling Resources link above as an aid to finding mental health services.